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Kirkman dishes Walking Dead S2

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"You haven't seen anything yet..."

The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Robert Kirkman, creator of the comic series The Walking Dead and writer / executive producer of the AMC show, gave some dish on the videogame, Season 2, and what to expect as far as story, music, and special effects are concerned.

First, there is some great news for fans of the show: Frank Darabont and Kirkman himself have been hands-on with script writing for Season 2. "He (Frank) is focusing on writing. He’s in writers room every day. I’m writing some episodes and he’s writing some episodes. We’re trying to figure out what we’re doing with the directing right now. The logistics and also being big part of the writers room will limit his time." This follows some controversy regarding the writers' room: a rumor that all writers were let go after Season 1, possibly to be replaced by freelance writers, was put to bed last month with the announcement that Glen Mazzara joined the team as a writing executive producer. While Mazzara's episode 'Wildfire' was one of the best of Season 1, it's still good to know that creators Darabont and Kirkman are taking an active role in the writing for Season 2.

Also returning with the highly-skilled team are composer Bear McCreary (see Shadowlocked's exclusive interview from October 2010 here) and key makeup special effects supervisor Greg Nicotero. Part of the basic appeal of the show was the handling of the special effects: the 'I can't believe they showed that on TV' factor. Kirkman elaborated, "As much as this show pushed the envelope of gore on TV, the joy of seeing the best zombies ever done on a TV show every week, all I can say is you haven't seen anything yet."

The announcement that there would be a videogame based on the series came two weeks ago. Kirkman confirmed that the videogame, like the comic and the TV show, will be less focused on action and more character-driven, as fans have come to expect, "and luckily with modern videogames you can do that."Finally, regarding the release of the Season 1 DVDs on March 8, over six months before the Season 2 premiere is expected, Kirkman said, "It always bugs me when I want to re-watch the last season of Lost but I can't watch 22 episodes in the four days before the new season starts. I understand they do it for marketing reasons, but I wish they would give us more time." As far as the DVD itself, Kirkman promises lots of "cool behind-the-scenes footage" and of course, the complete episodes from Season 1.

For those who just can't wait, AMC will be airing a marathon of The Walking Dead, Season 1, starting at 8 PM on Friday, March 4. If you just want a refresher, check out Shadowlocked's recaps and reviews of each episode here.


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